INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module offers an overview of the politics of the European Union. It studies the way the EU works and how its policy output and powers affect the lives of European citizens. The course has the objective to give students a solid grasp of the institutions, decision-making processes and major policies of the EU.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of this module, students:

- Can explain the origins and historical development of the European Union
- Have in-depth knowledge on the composition, the competencies and the operation of core European institutions
- Have gained insights into European policy-making
- Have a profound knowledge on the how the EU interacts with its member states.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lectures
- Project-based learning
- End of year exam
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This is a stage two class. Thus, students should have attended and successfully passed the core stage 1 classes prior to taking this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Politics of the EU (POL20160)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of year exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Graded Yes


Essay: Blog post assignment Unspecified Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Magdalena Staniek Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50